Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Oysters to Pi Day

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The week in dining starts off with Oyster Week celebrations at Jax Fish House-Denver and ends with sweet deals on Pi Day. Here's a taste of what's ahead:

Monday, March 8:

Jax Fish House, 1539 17th Street, hosts its annual Oyster Week through March 14, featuring: twelve different ways to eat an oyster; twelve oysters for $12; 12 cents donated to EFAA for every oyster eaten; a chance to win a dozen oysters a month for a year; drink specials and more. Call 303-292-5767 or visit www.jaxfishhousedenver.com.

Tuesday, March 9:

A group of restaurants are presenting a Doctors Without Borders Haiti Benefit, offering 20 percent of food proceeds to relief efforts in Haiti. Participating restaurants include Wynkoop Brewing Company (1634 18th Street, 303-297-2700), Wazee Supper Club (1600 15th Street, 303-623-9518), Gaetano's (3760 Tejon Street, 303-455-9852), Pearl Street Grill (1477 South Pearl Street, 303-778-6475), Goosetown Tavern (3242 East Colfax Avenue, 303-399-9703), the Cherry Cricket (2641 East 2nd Avenue, 303-322-7666) and Phantom Canyon Brewing (2 East Pikes Peak Avenue, Colorado Springs, 719-635-2800).

Fleming's Steakhouse, 191 Inverness Drive West in Englewood, hosts the Go Green Wine Dinner, an all-out, Irish-inspired celebration of food and wine, featuring Irish cheeses, Celtic salmon, Irish-style filet mignon and Guinness chocolate cake. It's $55 and starts at 6:30 p.m.; call 303-768-0827 or visit www.flemingssteakhouse.com.

Wednesday, March 10:

Verso Cellars, 4640 Pecos Street, Unit G, offers a happy hour and wine tasting with expertly blended cabernets and light appetizers; proceeds benefit Intercambio de Comunidades of Denver. It runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and costs $15; visit www.intercambioweb.org.

Celebrate 29 years of Annie's Café with Colfax on the Hill and Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods. It's Happy on the Hill, and it runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and includes free food and drink specials. Annie's is at 3100 East Colfax Avenue; call 303-355-8197 or visit www.annies-cafe.com.

Thursday, March 11:

Lola, 1575 Boulder Street, hosts an Oaxaca Dinner, a five-course menu inspired by the flavors of Oaxaca, that's part of a dinner series featuring different regions of Mexico. Each course is paired with a cocktail or tequila. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $65 per person; call 720-570-8686 or visit www.loladenver.com.

Gaetano's, 3760 Tejon Street, offers a four-course wine dinner paired with Italian wines at 6:30 p.m. It costs $40, not including tax and tip; call 303-433-3172 or visit www.gaetanositalian.com.

Friday, March 12:

Riverfront Park, 1610 Little Raven Street, is the kick-off point for a Chocolate Walking Tour of Denver. It's $49 to attend; call 303-775-5038 or visit www.denvergourmettours.com.

The Women's Lighthouse Project presents Cook-Off for a Cause, an Iron Chef-style event hosted by Molly Hughes and featuring local celebrities paired with chefs. There will also be a silent and live auction, local brews and wine, and more. It runs from 6 to 10 p.m. at the University of Denver and costs $75; visit www.thewlp.org.

Saturday, March 13:

The mixologists at the Bitter Bar, 835 Walnut Street in Boulder, are teaching a series of cocktail classes where you'll learn tricks of the trade and new techniques for building the perfect cocktail. Shake, Swizzle, Stir: Brunch Cocktails takes place from 2 to 3 p.m. today and costs $25; for information, visit www.happynoodlehouse.com.

The Denver Public Library's Fresh City Life hosts its new round of Cooking Demos: The New Irish Cuisine from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Denver Central Library, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway. This time around is Fresh and Seasonal: The New Irish Cuisine. It's free to attend; call 720-865-1206 or visit www.denverlibrary.org/fresh.

The Culinary Connectors Top Restaurant Tour stops at Table 6, 609 Corona Street, before traveling to Fruition; the tour includes chauffeured transportation, candid and informal chef interactions, demonstrations and more. It runs from 1 to 4 p.m. and costs $99; call 303-495-5487.

Sunday, March 14:

Jax Fish House, 1539 17th Street, presents its annual Oyster Eating Contest; the celebrations start at noon. Winners get a trip to Napa Valley. Call 303-292-5767 or visit www.jaxfishhousedenver.com.

The Blue Pig Gallery, 119 West Third Street in Palisade, offers Pig Tails & Wine Trails, an art-and-wine tour featuring fine art and vineyard tours. Take a tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; it's free. Call 970-464-4819 or visit www.thebluepiggallery.com.

The Margarita, 7350 Pine Creek Road in Colorado Springs, presents a four-course comfort-food dinner for its Sunday Supper Club. Half-price bottles of wine will be available, too; the meal costs $30 per person and takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Call 719-598-8667.

It's National Pi Day, and Morton's is celebrating by offering its key lime pie for $3.14. Morton's is at 1710 Wynkoop Street; call 303-825-3353 or visit www.mortons.com.

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings.

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